21 Days of Fasting - Planting Seeds of Self-Discipline

DAY TWENTY – “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him”
(Psalm 126:5-6).

How might we “sow in tears” so we can “reap in joy”?

“Sowing” (planting) can mean taking action on something that is not easy to do (such as starting an exercise program or fasting, or forgiving someone because it’s what God says to do, not because you feel like doing so).

It can also mean speaking the Word of God aloud (as in “the sower sows the word” from Mark 4:14).

Have You Sown in Tears?

To me, sowing in tears could mean doing that good thing I know I should do, and crying on the inside while I’m doing it—because I am dying to self-will and yielding to God’s will.

Notice in this verse that the one who is going forth weeping is not just walking around crying; she’s “bearing seed for sowing,” or carrying the seed of her harvest with her, by faith.

I might say, “I don’t feel like it, but I’m doing my PraiseMoves workout today,” or “I'm going to clean up my office today,” or “I'm going to do what I have been putting off…and I will do it as unto the Lord because I’m planting seeds of self-discipline.”

You can do the same with any positive thing you would like to do: drinking more water, eating a healthier diet, being quick to forgive, choosing words more carefully, or developing a consistent prayer life.

“As Unto the Lord”

Great things have been accomplished when one does them “as unto the Lord.”

“Whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23, American Standard)

In Galatians 5:23 we see that self-control is one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and whosoever “sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” unto the seed that was sown (Galatians 6:8).

What can you do—perhaps something you’ve been putting off—which you can sow today “unto the Lord”? ___________________

Will you do it? _____________

Please share your comments  below – Accountability – feel free to write in the Comment Box below what you'd like to sow “as unto the Lord” today.

Previous Entries:

Radio Interview with Pastor Jentezen Franklin (author of “The Fasting Edge”)

Fasting How & Why?

DAY ONE – Delight in the Lord (instead of food?)

DAY TWO – Loosed from Wickedness

DAY THREE – Undo Heavy Burdens NOW

DAY FOUR – DO and then Feel

DAY FIVE – Oppressed, Go Free!

DAY SIX – YOU Break Every Yoke

DAY SEVEN – What are You Feeding On?

DAY EIGHT – Overcoming Temptation

DAY NINE – The Mind of Christ

DAY TEN – Illumination from God

DAY ELEVEN – Keep on Wenting

DAY TWELVE – Righteousness Before You

DAY THIRTEEN – What is Your WHY?

DAY FOURTEEN – Call on the Lord

DAY FIFTEEN – We Have Dominion?

DAY SIXTEEN – Whatever You Do will Prosper

DAY SEVENTEEN – His Angels have Charge Over You

DAY EIGHTEEN – He Gives Living Water

DAY NINETEEN – Get Out of Town!

  1. I agree with not compromising. I was in the military and we were told to “HOLD THE LINE”. Don’t move the line at any cost. We need to do the same with God’s word. People interpret God’s word to their liking. We cannot do that. Jesus said let your Yes be a Yes and you No be a No. Anything else is from the evil one.
    If God’s word states it’s okay then it’s okay. If it states No then stay away from it. A friend of mine has his own local cable show and we discussed this yesterday. People think all roads lead to Heaven but Jesus said in John 14:6- I am the way & the truth & the life, no one comes to the Father except thru me.

    For His Glory!!!!!!!

    God BLess you all!!!!

  2. Thanks, Laurette – I DO need accountability!

    Here’s my What I will do (sow) as unto the Lord for today: read and reply to all of the emails that have piled up in my Inbox (yipes!) while we had power and connectivity problems this week!

    YES – I will do it!

    Benediciones a tu!

    1. Wonderful, Jennifer and Kathy! I’m standing with you! We all need accountability – to the Lord and each other. It makes such a difference I know when I hold up my God-led plans to the Lord in the morning and commit them to Him, asking Him to guide me and keep me accountable. And then when I tell someone else, too – that’s doubly powerful.

      Hold the Line – perfect analogy. Thank you for your service to our country. Glory to God for our men and women in the military. And you’re right – we are in the Army of God, after all.

      Thank you for sharing your heart and life with us. love, Laurette

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